My daughter and I spent a wonderful week with Raymonde and her partner Michel in their home in Switzerland. We chose to go in December which meant we were able to indulge in fondue, chocolate and other delectable Swiss food guilt-free after our hikes through the snow! It was a fabulous way to spend time during the build up to a northern hemisphere Christmas.

Raymonde was a gracious host, who was more than happy to share her home and especially her lovely kitchen with us for the duration of our stay. Raymonde wanted to ensure that we stayed interested in our French studies throughout the week and was able to quickly adapt our schedule when we weren’t keen to do more grammar exercises. Our day trip to Montreux was amazing and after visiting the Queen Studio Experience, we shared a delicious lunch before then wandering through the Christmas markets on the promenade of Lake Geneva. The highlight of the week was our trek through a snow-covered forest which led to a restaurant seemingly in the middle of nowhere. To our great surprise and pleasure, we were presented with a tasty fondue meal, complete with wine by the fireplace.

Raymonde was extremely patient and attentive throughout the week and ensured that we had continuous French conversation practice from breakfast through to evening. Such a treat for us and an awesome way to unwind after a hectic year. Thank you again Raymonde.